ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

J S BandukwalaSubscribe to J S Bandukwala

The State of Muslims in Gujarat Today

Despite the continued ghettoisation of Muslims in a polarised Gujarat, the Muslim community in the state has through sheer hard work shown some advances in education and wealth generation. The denial of justice to the victims of the 2002 Gujarat pogroms, despite strenuous efforts by civil society activists and interventions by the higher judiciary, remains a major issue for the community.

Indian Muslims:Past, Present and Future

Centuries of insecurity drove Muslims in India away from the very forces - English, science and modernity - that would have helped them cope with the changing world. Now at last - in the aftermath of the Babri masjid demolition and the Gujarat killings - they have begun emphasising the need for a modern education. There is much more that needs to de done - on the gender imbalance, family planning and attitudes to divorce - and Muslims have to fight their ghettoisation in the cities and towns. Goodwill and understanding between members of the two main religions in India is, of course, necessary to help the Muslims in their struggle for a place of honour in the Indian sun.
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